In our gospel today, Jesus is walking along the Sea of Galilee where he sees Peter and Andrew, and later James and John fishing, where he calls them to “come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”. They all immediately drop what they were doing, and left everything behind to follow Jesus.
This is one of my favorite Gospels. When I was a small boy, my father taught me how to fish, and fishing has been a passion of mine for my whole life. Later in life when I was ready, my Mom and Dad invited me to make a Cursillo. On my Cursillo weekend, I felt Jesus calling me to leave some of my worldly ways behind to follow him and become a fisher of people.
Many of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen. I believe Jesus called fishermen because of the talent they developed in fishing. Fishermen have to study the fish they are trying to catch to know them, know how to attract them, and they must be patient. In fishing for people, we need to have these same talents. As we are taught in Cursillo, the way we attract people to Christ is to “Make a friend, be a friend, and then bring that friend to Christ”. This is something we can’t rush; we need to be patient for God’s timing.
As we reflect on the Gospel today, how is Jesus calling us?
What is Jesus calling us to leave behind to follow him?
De Colores, Deacon Kevin
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